Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, right, speaks during a press conference after Confederate flags were found on the church's premises in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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Maybe money can’t buy love, but allies of President Donald Trump may think it can buy votes from Black Americans. Allies of the president are organizing events in Black communities, using their time there to praise Trump and hand out tens of thousands of dollars to those who show up, Politico is reporting. The first such event took place last month in Cleveland, where raffle winners were bestowed cash gifts of several hundred dollars each. More such events are in the pipeline and one that was scheduled for Virginia this month has been postponed, according to the news organization. READ MORE: Maryland police officer charged with murder for fatally shooting handcuffed man
Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at a culinary workers union hall Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says his low polling numbers among African American voters have also been experienced by Black candidates themselves when addressing why he doesn’t seem to be connecting with the Black electorate.
Peter Karmanos Jr., who founded Compuware, is asking President Donald Trump to commute the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted in 2013 on racketeering and corruption charges and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Karmanos forwarded a letter authored by Kilpatrick to Trump, requesting that the president commute his sentence as time served. Karmanos said the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is handling requests of this nature but that Trump is said to be considering it, according to Deadline Detroit. READ MORE: Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men deliver touching tribute to Kobe Bryant “I first want to congratulate you for the overwhelming and stunning victories of your Presidential campaign, and also the unprecedented success of your first two-years in office,” Kilpatrick, 48, writes in the April 16, 2019 letter.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has won another celebrity endorsement as the race heads into the competitive primary season, and it’s one that may have more African Americans take notice. Kendrick Sampson, best known for his roles on Issa Rae’s Insecure, The Vampire Diaries and How to Get Away With Murder, announced in a video Friday that he’s backing Sanders because the Vermont Senator’s platform fits with his own activism. READ MORE: Fears of Bernie Sanders win growing among Democratic establishment “Politics drives me mad,” Sampson said in the video. “But I was dedicated to grass-roots movements, movements like the Black Lives Matter movement in pressuring our leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: A homeless person sleeps on a loading dock on as people walk by with their lunches. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Isabel dos Santos attends the screening of "BlacKkKlansman" during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 14, 2018 in Cannes, France.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) invoked the lyrics of Biggie Smalls during a speech on the opening day of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial to urge senators to call witnesses to the stand. Jeffries, a House manager for Trump’s trial, was responding to a question from Jay Sekulow, Trump’s attorney, asking him “why are we here?” when he queued up his response with some lyrical magic from The Notorious B.I.G., according to CNN. READ MORE: Hakeem Jeffries delivers a lesson in diversity with new senior leadership “We are here, sir, because President Trump abused his power and then he tried to cover it up,” Jeffries told Sekulow.